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  FOX News    FOX News Watch    News/Business. Host Jon Scott reports on media  
   bias in the coverage of weekly news events. New.  

    February 23, 2013
    11:30 - 12:00pm PST  

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you. >> a miss to congressman marky for the extreme statement claiming that the supreme court decision and citizen united gives outside groups more freedom to give money in political campaigns was somehow equivalent to the supreme court's 19th century decision upholding slavery. now, we have long known that democrats like mr. marky, who was running for the open senate seat in massachusetts despised the idea of outside groups challenging him in his bid for higher office. what we'll be revealing to the members and the state that equates that to one of the greatest moral atrocities in the american history. >> paul: and now he wants to go to the senate. thank you, massachusetts, okay, jason. >> paul, this is a hit for ted cruz, the freshman senator from texas doing a wonderful job getting under the skin of liberal press and latest conservative that liberals love to hate and they're complaining he's too outspoken given his junior status. what i suspect, paul, they
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have a problem with his conservativism. the freshman senator from massachusetts, elizabeth warren, is not exactly known for her congeniality, where are the articles about her sharp elbows. >> paul: matt. >> a hit to mory taylor, a tire maker in ohio, and in the last week, a public argument with the current french government, a socialist government which has raised taxes and he says they tried to get him to invest in a tire company in northern france. he said how stupid do you think you are? the unions there are far too powerful for me, i'm staying away. >> paul: all right, thanks, matt. that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel and all of you for watching and i'm paul gigot, hope to see you right here next week. >> on fox news watch. did you see president obama
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golfing with tiger woods? no? neither did the white house press and they're not happy did it. the obama white house accused of avoiding tough questions and shutting out the media. except for questions like this: . >> we are wondering if you prefer the name elinore or alice. >> jon: has our president become a media controlling puppet master? do the media deserve it? >> this isn't the right way to do it. >> the. >> jon: the sequestration is coming and the obama theaterics and even rush had enough. >> i am ashamed of my country. >> jon: the professor bans fox as a news source. and can this paper afford to lose its public advocates? we say no. >> on the panel this week, writer and fox news contributor, judy miller. radio talk show host, monica crowley. jim pinkerton, contributing editor in the american conservative magazine and daily beast columnist kirsten
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powers. i'm jon scott, fox news watch is on right now. hello again, normally we would show you some video here in this case, it would have been a clip of president obama hanging with his golfing buddy tiger woods over the weekend. but we don't have those pictures because the white house press corps was locked out, access denied. now, is that a big deal? well, maybe. especially when candidate obama made this promise. >> what i want to do is maintain this virtual community that we've built and i want people to keep challenging me and pressing me, and i want to create a white house that is more transparent and accountable than any government we've seen before. >> jon: well, the obama white house has been overactive in cutting off access, controlling the message and manipulating the media to
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avoid answering some of the tough questions. the journalist whose job it is to cover the president reacted to the latest shutout. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry served as the president of the white house correspondent's association issued this statement. a broad cross section, he writes, of our members from print, radio, online and tv have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the president of the united states this entire weekend. there is a very simple, but important principle we'll continue to fight for today and in the days ahead. transparency. jim, there were some in the media who missed the point of the statement, ed henry said it's not about golf, it's about access and covering the president. >> right, i mean, it was interesting that the president was playing golf not only with tiger woods, but oil industry executives which seemed to go in the face of his climate change protestations and only thought it was a big deal even
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when found out. but, look, i think it's an interesting case where the message of transparency was kind of lost because the messenger was ed henry, who is a fine reporter and well respected and obviously, his colleagues when they elected him as president to the association and that's a cue to mattering things in the press, wait a second, that's just a plot by fox to embarrass the president and so on. and as politico buyers said, if the press corps has its own press secretary to defend itself. but i think the mainstream media are so obama-phillic for daring to ask questions. >> jon: for a while they didn't tell where the president had been staying. god forbid there had been a terror attack or an accidental explosion. >> the press is supposed to do exactly what ed henry did, complain and say we're not going to be door mats anymore, we're going to ask tough questions, when fox news is kept out of-- of a background briefing on
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benghazi and fox is one of frt few networks that's been pressing this issue, they're going to raise holy heck, and they're going to say when this administration goes after leakers or whistleblowers and the journalists who publish what they tell us, we're going to be upset. >> meantime, there was a leak of the president's immigration plan this weekend and the white house didn't seem to have any problem with that, but they side stepped the tough questions from this, you know, from the white house press corps in favor of, you know, local tv anchors they trot into the white house and that kind of thing. >> so the political piece which was headlined president obama, puppet master, question mark. and the answer is yes, he is the puppet master of the media, he's focused on the facts that the president only wants to talk to people who aren't going to give him tough questions which i would say, actually, i think that chris wallace should be be proud that the president won't go on his show.
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what it says, the president only goes on shows of people that go easy on him and they should question, why does i come on my show so often. >> and that was the golf outing and ann compton, the day-to-day on immigration and on guns, almost opague, there are no readouts from big meetings on people on the outside and many are not on his schedule. this is different from every president i covered, the white house, this white house goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away. why? >> and it's only the elite mainstream media four years to discover this about this white house? every white house does try to control its message and its narrative, this white house is not unique in that way, but what's different here is that this white house has a huge advantage in that most of the elite mainstream media is on its side and doing its bidding
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every day. that's one of the great ironies, the white house, pretty much like every other white house is loathes the press, doesn't trust the press and freeze out outlets they believe are hostile to it. the irony here, this president and this white house has gotten more favorable coverage and more protection than any other president in recent memory. >> jon: and then there was a report of a-- an off the record meeting between the president and the press corps on thursday of this week when asked about it, jay carney, the presidential spokesman wouldn't even admit that the meeting had taken place. >> it was off the record. i mean, look, and had it right except for one thing, four years and one day, the day after the election they started to wake up a little bit and get a little bit of a spine, but as dave wisele said, obama's contempt for the press corps runs long and deep, that's right. and the way that every president feels about the press corps. the difference is that the press love may
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not like him personally and certainly don't like jay carney, but it's in their mind historical that this man win and if there were a third term he'd win. >> it's telling that the press discovered their outrage over a golf became to tiger woods. where is their outrage on benghazi, and it'd be interesting if they were curious. >> the white house didn't release a white house press photographer picture of the tiger woods event. now, you know, they complained that apparently reporters only want to see the president with celebrities. you go on the white house site you can see pictures of him with the chicago bulls, with b.b. king, george clooney, katy perry, will ferrell, the cast of modern family, but there is nothing of this, well, now humiliated former golf star, tiger woods. >> yes, this is more about
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tiger woods' rehabilitation, being seen or playing golf with the president than it is about obama. >> but ann compton also said that this is a trend, this is getting worse with every administration. >> next on news watch, media takes sides in the sequestration showdown. >> this is the not an abstraction. there are people whose livelihoods are at stake. >> the president forecast dire consequences if congress doesn't act on spending cuts. and the media coverage parrott the theme. is the press protecting the president and his policies again? answers next on news watch. progress-oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons people are saying "progress-oh!" share your progress-oh! story on facebook.
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are at risk. playing to the cameras there and beginning a dismal forecast for americans, should congress not act and should the automatic spending cuts take place on march 1st. the g.o.p. responded, today the president advanced an argument republicans have been making for a year and his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending, replacing the president's sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that's balanced in ten years, we keep the first responders on the job, what other spending is the president willing to cut? these staged events, is that influencing the coverage? >> i think it is. i think the president has what they call the bully pulpit and it's very powerful and it moves numbers on the voters polls, but when i moved back to washington, i quickly learned the phrase, washington monument syndrome. if you tell the department of interior you're going to cut one penny of the budget and the secretary or the entourage, oh, no, we have to
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shut down the washington monument or yellow stone park or something important. and the point of that, identifying that syndrome is to say the reporters should make fun of it and attack, it's obviously you're doing this, and they're eating it up. >> we've heard that animals are going be to be released from the national zoo because they can't afford to feed the pandas anymore. >> not only that, secretary of state john kerry and we have janet napolitano our homeland security and saying it's worse than that, ladies and gentlemen, our nuclear weapons are not going to be safe and we're not going to be able to protect ourselves anymore, i mean, they're really going all out on this and i agree with jim. >> jon: the president was labeled president armageddon by the wall street journal after his doom and gloom kind of statement. is that an appropriate take? >> well, i mean, i have to think that the sequester would be bad, but armageddon might
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be overstating it. they're not called out for the claims they're making and jay carney, his claim that we have to close the corporate jet loophole and republicans want to keep, take money away from babies and food out of baby's mouth so that the corporate jet owners can get tax loopholes, well, the senate and democratic plan doesn't have anything in it about corporate tax, tax cuts for jets. so, i mean, it's just-- you're like, why doesn't he get called out on this. >> right, and going all the way back to the reagan years, now, we've seen the left scheme that you know, our nuclear weapons aren't going to protect it. the press has not covered the truth about the sequester in large part. it is the president's idea and it was the president's idea and congress did in fact move forward, but the president signed it into law. and so, where is the accountability? if the president believes it was such a horrible idea and it's going to result in such horrendous consequences, why does he propose it and sign it. >> judy and monica mentioned the word nuclear, which makes
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me think of the nuclear regulatory commission and kind after big deal and so on. one person we won't be hearing from anymore is a fellow named jim gdwyer, said no problem. believe me he's never going to be at the white house the rest of obama's term. >> jon: they're talking about cutting pennies on the dollar out of the federal budget and in fact the federal budget is going up in the year ahead. >> however, the thing is that isn't getting talked about enough, panetta has talked about it, but i don't think that liberals in the media want to focus on it, that there's a disproportionate focus on cutting the defense department. they've repeatedly cut the defense department. every time we have one of these crisis, guess where they're cutting money. it's actually going to impact them. >> that's because it's so cuttable, there's so much waste in the dod and other agencies, really, this was not the president's idea. this was his response to the republicans holding the
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country hostage. >> no, no, no. >> and first said, it was jack lew's idea our treasury secretary. >> and signed off on it immediately. >> jon: next, the new york times self-help guide for republicans. >> the new york times prints a punch list of republican problems, pointing out the party's misstep and mistakes. and did they also throw rush limbaugh under the bus? find out next on news watch. [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us flight to our favorite climbing spot even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply.
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>> stephanie wolf a visiting assistant professor at west liberty university west virginia. instructed her students to keep a journal of news reports about politics, news sources included the economist, the bbc, huffington post, but the
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top two banned sources onion, which the assignment wrote was not news, is literally a parody and number two, fox news. she wrote the tag line, fox news makes me cringe. please do not subject me to this biased news station. i would almost you rather print off an article from the onion. well, following some unexpected reaction from press presser wolf allows fox to be used as a source, we've broken through. >> i'm glad and i'm sure this professor is going to have a great career in academia because they just love this stuff, but you know, i love the idea of the bbc and the huffington post being fair and balanced. >> why do we scare people so much? >> we should give professor wolf a shoutout. for making her cringe, we're doing our jobs here like most media outlets. this typical of academia.
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the white house has been on the campaign to try to miss disand marginalize fox news and start at the top and only imagine it goes all the way down. >> kirsten. >> i agree with that, i don't think you can dismiss the claims with the white house this is know the a legitimate news organization and see someone telling stuff like this. and we were joking about it and i found is pretty scary. >> i agree. >> unfortunately. the new york times magazine ran a kind of self-help guide for the the republican party and the article includes quotes and opinions for a number of people trying to address the messaging problems perceived among the g.o.p. well, one of the quotes about limited messengers came from s.e. cupp with an interesting position by the times writer. from the article, and we can't be afraid to call out rush limbaugh, says a new york daily news columnist and co-host of the cycle on nbc. if we can get three different once on networks what rush
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limbaugh said was crazy, stupid and dangerous, maybe that will give other republicans cover to denounce the talk show host as well. well, the words denounce the talk show host as well were added by the writer, robert draper. >> this article that the times magazine was extremely interesting and one part of it was, i think, that a little bit ever the fun and tempting to put republicans against each other and have them conflict for the-- >> circular firing. >> circular firing. >> the other part why it's important for republicans to read it, on campaign technology was a sobering analysis what went wrong, for example are for the romney's campaign's get out the vote thing last november and cut and paste, but the stuff on campaign technology is required reading. >> jon: and s.e. cupp did a piece in the the daily news in her column. she wasn't outraged about the addition of the quote or anything like that. just took on her critics. should she not say something?
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>> this is like one conservative whining about another. i found it really inside baseball and i also think there's a better answer if you don't like rush limbaugh, don't listen to him. don't take him off the air or denounce him or say that his ideas are stupid. you can, but what's the point? >> look, i think that se sort of plays this role of being someone who wants to take on her party and feels that rush limbaugh says things he shouldn't say and saying that the people can come out and say that. i think that people did come out and say that, however, you know, i appreciate what she does and i think that you know, because she's not-- rush limbaugh can be damaging to the republican party and nothing wrong with saying it. >> there's a mini scandal, how many new york times covered her quote and embellishing it and changing the actual or at least part of what she intended to say. >> did she complain? >> she did not and i think that's a mistake on her part. >> coming up on news watch. can this paper afford to lose
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>>. >> jon: could be an end of an era at the "washington post." meet patrick pekten. he hints he might be their last. it's possible i'll can the last independent ombudsman and this chair will empty as the conclusion of my term on february 28th. that will